Parliament requests written explanation on disturbance by Fremantle Media production company during last Thursday’s Parliamentary session
The leaders of the Finnish Parliament and the unit responsible for the security of the establishment continue to be upset by the disturbance caused by the television production company Fremantle Media during Parliamentary question-time on Thursday of last week.
Representatives of Fremantle visited Parliament on Friday to shed light on what went on on Thursday.
Parliament ended up requesting a written clarification from the company by today, Monday.
On Thursday, a Fremantle camera crew entered Parliament as agreed, to interview Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja (SDP) for a pilot episode of a new television series.
After the interview, the group took seats in Parliament’s gallery, where an actor posing as a reporter suddenly began to make a racket and pulled open his jacket and shirt to demonstrate his T-shirt, with a printed image of Tuomioja on it.
The Parliamentary leaders were irritated by the alleged misuse of a press card and the leading-on of a minister and, in general, by the disturbance caused during a Parliamentary session.
On Thursday the production company seemed to have difficulties understanding the Parliamentary rules of behaviour, but on Friday Fremantle’s creative director Marika Makaroff told the news agency STT that she was sorry for what had happened.
According to Makaroff, the group did not enter the Parliament building by presenting press cards.
Instead Fremantle had notified beforehand that the film crew would be present to film footage for an upcoming television series.
Fremantle Media is one of the largest television production companies in Finland.
The company is behind the Finnish versions of international programme-formats such as The X Factor, Idols, and Next Top Model.
The company’s aim was to offer the programme based on the Argentinian programme format CQC (Caiga Quien Caiga) to the Finnish commercial television series MTV3.
The comedy/news/talk show uses unorthodox interviewing techniques, often with a view to ridiculing the interviewees, drawn from the realms of current affairs, show business, and sports.
MTV3 CEO Pekka Karhuvaara announced on Friday that the channel has rejected the production company's offer.
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